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Communities to be given £500,000 to commemorate Windrush Gen

REMEMBERED: The Windrush Generation

COMMUNITIES ACROSS the country will receive a share of £500,000 to educate, commemorate and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants, Communities Minister Lord Bourne confirmed.

Over the coming months, 50 community groups and local authorities will use the funding to lead school projects, street parties, exhibitions, talks and workshops to recognise and honour the great legacy of those who stepped ashore at Tilbury Docks over 70 years ago.

From Bristol to Birmingham and Liverpool to Leeds, educational workshops, cultural festivals, theatre productions, TEDx style talks, community gardens and intergenerational cooking sessions will form a rich and wide-ranging series of events.

Communities Minister Lord Bourne said: “The Windrush Generation fought for and supported Britain during the war, and then went on to rebuild Britain. They are the story of modern Britain and learning about their contribution is a vital part of our shared history and heritage.

“Their legacy lives on in their children and grandchildren and the communities they have built up and down the country.

“I am proud that those communities and the nation as a whole will have the opportunity to commemorate and celebrate the Windrush Generation and their descendants’ key role in Britain’s history.”

In June 2018, the government announced an annual Windrush Day to encourage communities across the country to commemorate the Windrush story on Windrush Day (June 22) and throughout the year.

The national celebration is backed by a £500,000 Windrush Day Grant Scheme overseen by a Windrush Day Advisory Panel of community representatives.

The Windrush Day Grant Scheme was launched in November 2018 and received over 400 bids for funding from community groups, charities and local authorities across England.

There was a wide range and variety of applications with successful bids confirmed in Devon and Broxbourne reflecting the breadth of enthusiasm in communities across the country to mark Windrush Day 2019.

Dr Joe Aldred, Churches Together in England, Windrush Day Advisory Panel Member said: “Those enterprising youngsters from the Caribbean who stepped off the Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 are part of a historic movement of people that has demonstrated fortitude and faith in building a future for themselves, their communities and this country.

“Windrush Day 2019 provides a great opportunity for the nation to commemorate and celebrate this ongoing contribution to multicultural Britain. I congratulate those groups that have been successful in their funding applications and will lead this year’s commemorations, adding to the many others that will do the same self-funded.

“I look forward to joining in and keeping this rich Windrush legacy alive this year and for many years to come.”

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